By Eric Tataw – Washington DC, USA, Friday, August 14, 2020.
The United Nations (UN), said Friday August 14, 2020, it is ready to work with all actors in a 3-year armed conflict in Cameroon’s English-speaking regions to achieve a political solution through dialogue.
“We reiterate the readiness of the UN to work with all stakeholders towards a political solution to the crisis in the north-west and south-west of Cameroon through meaningful dialogue,” the agency said in a statement.
UN is an intergovernmental organization that aims to maintain international peace and security, develop friendly relations among nations, achieve international cooperation, and be a centre for harmonizing the actions of nations.
Stéphane Dujarric, Spokesman for UN’s Secretary-General, António Manuel de Oliveira Guterres, indicated the UN-led process while addressing issues in Yemen, Lebanon, Belarus, Israel, United Arab Emirates, Syria, South Sudan, Nigeria, Democratic Republic of the Congo, and Mozambique.
Dujarric’s position Friday comes to the disappointment of Pro-Swiss talks sympathizers. Over a year ago, a not-for-profit organisation locally based in Switzerland said it was willing to start peace talks between the government of Cameroon and non-state actors.
That move by the Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue – HD has since been stalled largely because majority of the rebels rejected HD’s plan considered compromised by the Cameroon government. HD was only embraced by a splinter of the Interim Government, the largest movement led by jailed separatist leader, Sisiku Ayuk Tabe Julius (President of the outlawed Ambazonia Republic).
UN is the largest, most familiar, most internationally represented and most powerful intergovernmental organization in the world headquartered in New York City, New York, USA with its other main offices in Geneva, Nairobi, Vienna and The Hague.
The American Bar Association also recently ignored the Swiss talks and instead called on UN and USA to initiate talks in Cameroon’s armed conflict, a call that has been applauded by over 90% of major separatist movements including Sisiku and his IG.
Dujarric also aired concerns over recent reports of serious human rights violations and abuses in Cameroon, citing a video showing the brutal murder of a young woman in Muyuka in the country’s South West.
The UN also seriously condemns the action and urges Cameroonian authorities to launch an investigation into the matter, the statement said.
“We strongly and unequivocally condemn this atrocious act of violence. We call on the authorities to swiftly launch an investigation into these allegations, and to ensure that those responsible are brought to justice,” the statement said in parts.
On Tuesday August 11, 2020, a Cameroon government sympathizer based in the UK first circulated the morbid video on social media platforms to the amazement of many as to how he could have obtained the video firsthand
Comfort Bih appeared in at least three videos where her hands were tied to her back as she was being interrogated by yet-to-be identified gunmen.
Bih, a resident of Muyuka, an unruly town in Cameroon’s South West was later captured in one of the videos being slapped with a cutlass before her executioners butchered her before pulling her corpse to a public road in Muyuka.
The UN furthered it was vital armed actors refrained from attacks against civilians, respect international humanitarian and international human rights law, and join the Secretary-General’s call for a global ceasefire as the world fights the pandemic.
Cameroon’s two English-speaking regions of the North West and South West are since 2017 entrenched in an armed conflict that has claimed nearly 16.000 lives.
In 2016, teachers and lawyers started a strike demanding better working conditions, respect for the Common Law and the Anglo-Saxon curricular.
Calls for these and other social grievances to be addressed were ignored by the Cameroon government and the crisis soon metamorphosed into an armed conflict with the formation of armed groups fighting for a new state called Ambazonia.